Messe Frankfurt Tabs Smith, Fitts to Head U.S. Operation

Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith

FRANKFURT, Germany-Messe Frankfurt has named Dennis Smith and Kathryn Fitts as the management team for its U.S. subsidiary, succeeding John Gallagher, who has left the company.

Smith has been appointed president of shows and operation, while Fitts has been named president of finance and administration. Smith now oversees the trade-show company’s U.S. events along with key account management of U.S. customers that take part in trade fairs both here and in other locations around the world. Fitts is responsible for finance, legal, human-resources and information-technology functions. Both report to Detlef Braun, Messe Frankfurt’s executive board member responsible for North America.

Smith has 21 years of experience in the international trade show industry. He lived for more than 15 years in Germany, the United Kingdom and Turkey overseeing international events in a range of sectors.

Kathryn Fitts

Kathryn Fitts

Fitts’ more than 30-year career includes executive posts in finance, accounting and administration for Jim Beam Brands, the Boy Scouts of America and PricewaterhouseCoopers.